Hollywood man accused of killing wife with metal pipe denied bond

A Hollywood man who is accused of beating his wife to death with a metal pipe appeared Friday in court, where he was denied bond.

Claude Sejour, 48, was arrested Wednesday night on a premeditated murder charge.

Police said he beat his wife, Marie Carmel Joseph, with a pipe wrench while the couple’s four children were inside their home.

According to an arrest report, Sejour became enraged after he learned that his wife was pregnant with another man’s child.

They got into an argument and Sejour told police that Joseph grabbed a knife and lunged at him, the report said.

He said he then took the pipe wrench and struck her with it.

When officers arrived, Sejour told them, “I did it. I finished her and called the police,” the report said.

The couple’s 17-year-old daughter tried to revive her mother as she laid lifeless in a bedroom. Police said Joseph had severe trauma to her face and head.

Neighbors were stunned by the news, saying they’d never even heard the couple argue. 

“I’m shocked that he would do something like that to his wife,” one neighbor, Henry Oquendo, said.

The couple’s children were handed over to relatives. A shelter hearing has been scheduled for Friday afternoon.

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$25,000 reward offered after cat found with arrow in head

A $25,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of the person who shot an arrow from a crossbow to kill a beloved Miami Beach cat.

According to the Facebook page “Justice for Strushie,” the former owner of the Franklin Hotel is offering a $20,000 reward. The additional $5,000 were $3K from local animal organizations and $2K from Joe’s Stone Crab’s Stephen Sawitz.

Eleonora Todaro said she has been feeding and caring for the stray cat, known as Strushie, for years.

“He doesn’t deserve to be a free person. He doesn’t deserve it. He has to be punished,” Todaro said about the person who killed the cat. “I don’t know if he did it to hurt me or to hurt the cat. I hope to hurt me, because there’s no reason to hurt the cat.”

Strushie was described as a “local Miami Beach fixture,” the page’s creator wrote.

The cat was found Wednesday morning under a dumpster with an arrow lodged through his head.

Veterinarian Rachel Johnson said Strushie was brought to Alton Road Animal Hospital, but the cat’s injuries were so severe, he had to be euthanized.

“We gave him pain medication, intravenously, right away, but again, by the time he arrived here, he was pretty unresponsive,” Johnson said.

X-rays showed how the arrow penetrated Strushie’s mouth and skull.

Johnson voiced concern that whoever harmed Strushie could be a threat to the community.

“We are trying to involve authorities because we’re concerned about dangers to people,” Johnson said. “You know, people who are willing to do these kinds of things probably are dangerous, not only to the animals for suffering, but also to people.”

Anyone with information about Strushie’s killing is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. 

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Fyre Festival’s promise of luxury falls apart in The Exumas

There were partygoers who paid anywhere from $1,000 to $250,000 for “two transformative weekends” at the Fyre Festival on an island of The Exumas. When it all fell apart, hundreds were desperate to get to Miami International Airport on Friday and Saturday. 

They were supposed to fly in 6,000, but only 1,500 made it. Blink -182 canceled. One of the attendees compared the sleeping area to a refugee camp and said they were dropping their luggage out of a shipping container.

There was a man who was so upset about the sleeping accommodations that he lit a tent on fire. When they woke up to get breakfast, the gourmet food they were promised wasn’t served. Instead, they were stuck with bagels and cinnamon rolls. 

“There was not a long beautiful beach populated by swimming pigs. There were, however, a lot of sand flies that left me looking like I had small pox,” Chloe Gordon, a festival former talent producer, wrote for the New York on Friday. 

Chloe added that on Wednesday Ja Rule, a co-organizer of the festival, arrived for a site visit, but it’s unclear if he actually visited the site, because he did spend a lot of time on a yacht, according to his Instagram. 

“There was no showers. There was no bathrooms,” Aala Busier said. “There was no running water. There was nothing.”

Ja Rule tweeted, “I truly apologize as this is NOT MY FAULT … but I’m taking responsibility. I’m deeply sorry to everyone who was inconvenienced by this.”

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Blink-182 released a statement for festival goers saying “we’re not confident we would have what we need to give you the quality of performances we always give our fans.”

Billy McFarland, the 25-year-old Fyre Fest co-organizer, told The Rolling Stone on Friday that “today is definitely the toughest day of my life.” He blamed the failures on Exumas’ lack of infrastructure. 

“We were a little bit ambitious,” McFarland said during the exclusive interview. “There wasn’t water or sewage. It was almost like we tried building a city out of nothing and it took almost all of our personal resources to make this happen.”

Farah Benghozi said she wasn’t upset because of the lack of luxury. She said they didn’t have the basics. 

“It’s not because we didn’t have caviar in the morning. It’s not because of that,” Benghozi said. “It’s because it was false advertisement and it was not safe. Period.”

Concertgoer Trevor DeHass said attendees were told to go claim a tent. He said the tents, which had been soaked by a rain storm, were located in what appeared to be a rock quarry. He was also concerned about the lack of security. 

Organizers released a statement saying they were postponing the event and were “working tirelessly to get flights scheduled and get everyone off of Great Exuma and home safely as quickly as we can.”

They were also offering “complimentary charters” to Miami. 

Local 10 News’ Jeff Tavvs, Amanda Bachelor and Peggy Philips contributed to this report. 

 

 

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After crashing car, 29-year-old man dies trying to catch train

Mohamed Slimani was spared after a car crash on Friday. But when authorities towed his car, he decided to take the Tri-Rail back home in West Palm Beach. A witness said he died in an attempt to get in the train as the doors were closing. 

Tri-Rail passenger said he watched in horror as Slimani, 29, fell under the train at the Pompano Beach station. The northbound Tri-Rail train struck and killed him.

Broward Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Keyla Concepcion said the death “appears to be accidental.”

Nabil Slimani said his brother was driving his car to work when he crashed. He and his roommate, Mahmoud Akkari, said they were in shock.

Akkari said, “What do you think when you hear your closest friend at this moment is no longer around?” 

The northbound track was closed during the investigation. Tri-Rail spokeswoman Bonnie Arnold said the accident affected the 250 passengers on board the northbound train.

 

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$23,000 reward offered after cat found with arrow in head

A $23,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of the person who shot an arrow from a crossbow through a beloved cat, leading to its death.

According to the Facebook page “Justice for Strushie,” the former owner of the Franklin Hotel is offering a $20,000 reward, in addition to $3,000 offered from local animal organizations.

Strushie was once cared for by the former hotel owner and was described as a “local Miami Beach fixture,” the page’s creator wrote.

The cat was found Wednesday morning under a dumpster with an arrow lodged through its head.

Veterinarian Rachel Johnson said Strushie was brought to Alton Road Animal Hospital, but the cat’s injuries were so severe, it had to be euthanized.

“We gave him pain medication, intravenously, right away, but again, by the time he arrived here, he was pretty unresponsive,” Johnson said.

X-rays showed how the arrow penetrated Strushie’s mouth and skull.

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Doctor Johnson voiced concern that whoever harmed Strushie could be a threat to the community.

 “We are trying to involve authorities because we’re concerned about dangers to people. You know, people that are willing to do these kinds of things probably are dangerous, not only to the animals for suffering, but also to people,” Johnson said.

Anyone with information about Strushie’s killing is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. 

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Trump’s first economic report: 4 things to know

The Trump administration’s first economic report card publishes Friday.

The Commerce Department will release the first print of gross domestic product, the broadest measure of economic activity, for the first three months of this year at 8:30 a.m. ET.

Here are 4 things to know.

1. Growth is expected to be low: Really low. The Atlanta Federal Reserve is predicting first quarter growth of just 0.2%. Private economists are projecting annual growth around 1%. Either way, that’s very low.

2. Why growth was weak to start the year: American shoppers didn’t open their wallets much. Retail sales declined in February and March on a monthly basis. Consumer spending makes up about two-thirds of US economic activity. Business spending also hasn’t ratcheted up this year.

3. The US economy is still in good shape overall: America looks poised for another year of sluggish growth. But other measures are looking good. Unemployment is very low at 4.5%. After the Great Recession ended in 2009, unemployment reached 10%. Wage growth is picking up and job growth has been strong in recent years. Gas prices are low. And although slow, this year will likely be the eighth straight year of growth.

4. Trump promises 4%. His team eyes 3%. The Fed sees 2%: President Trump promised economic annual growth of 4%. His Treasury Secretary, Steven Mnuchin, is hoping to get to 3% with tax reform and other measures. The Fed projects annual growth of 2% this year and in the coming years.

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